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  1. Background

    Bought Uber i20 Asta Crdi in August 2009 when the diesel engine came out, sill own the same in Mumbai it has run close to 95000 km since that time. I was doing my Btech and needed a family car and it fit in our budget and requirement (still does). The car is so good that my dad doesn't want to sell it due to excellent CRDi engine and all wheel disc brakes it still suits our requirement to the T.

    After completing my Btech I shifted back at home and have used the extensively during my business startup in Mumbai and I still rejoice using the same.

    Things change I got into premier MBA college in Kerala and it was the best part of my life and again I was with out a car which I can say is my own. It was always in my mind that whatever job/business etc I join or start my first priority is to get a car which I will cherish since I LOVE TO DRIVE.

    After joining my new job I shifted to Bangalore and hence started looking for options in the market, spoilt by the turbo CRDi a petrol car didn't make the cut, anyways my running is more than 1200km monthly so diesel it is.


    I am on the heavier side so interior space and ergonomics is a must so out went most of the cars and I set a budget limit of 10-11 lakhs.

    Swift- Good car but my left leg scrapes the dashboard and the plastics are a shame for the B segment (for is it now B- segment)

    Baleno- Didn't like the design and the plastics are horrible (I am used to plastic on the uber i20)

    Ecosport- Liked the car very much but the option/trim level was 2 lakhs over budget and I didn't like layout of dashboard

    Figo- Its a VFM, along with the strong engine but plastics man, I couldn't feel interiors but I recommend the car to others who are on tight budgets

    Jazz- the car has good space, diesel engine is too noisy but I didn't like the design (older Jazz looked well Jazzy)

    i20- Again I didn't want to see this first since we already have an i20 at home but a test drive and I couldn't see myself settling for others.




    Me- Dad I like new i20

    Dad- We already have one at home, now market has many options check them out

    Me- Sab dekhliya kisi me maza nahi

    Dad- You take car from our home and let me buy a new one

    Me- No ways, I can't for-see myself transferring from one expensive RTO (MH01) to another expensive RTO (KA01), it doesn't make sense

    Dad- Sleep on the decision

    Me- I have slept already I have made my decision

    Dad- Then buy one

    Me- Ok. Dad kaunsa wala lena hai cladding wala ya normal wala (active vs elite)

    Dad- What is the different?

    Me- 63k and you get plastic around the car, better acceleration (shorter drive ratio) more GC

    Dad- Photo dikhao

    Me- Check Whatsapp aur the different colours

    Dad- Buy the brown one

    Me- Let me test drive both once more and see


    The next day

    Me- Dad brown is good colour but I don't see myself with plastic cladding wali

    Dad- Why did you even bring that into the picture

    Me- I thought that the projector were available in only that

    Dad- Now you don't buy normal one and fit in projector afterwards

    Me- No they have new option variant which has them fitted from factory

    Dad- Ok book one in brown

    Me- Brown me nahi hai wo wala

    Dad- Silver/ White karlo

    Me- Stardust Dad

    Dad- Okay do whatever you decision you car.



    Asta CRDi Option pack On Road Bangalore 10.71lakhs

    Negotiated 10k discount with free seat cover, mudflap and mats, price protection

    Mine is the Option variant w/o 6 airbags so no problem with seat covers

    B2B insurance from outside saved 12k more

    Net outgo 10.47 lakhs


    New updated variant was 15 days away but the catch is it will be 18k more, new price will be applicable (increase in ex-showroom cost of 20k). Net increase is cost was around 45k plus take in cost of hiring cab aggregator for 15 days and anxiety, so I stuck with my earlier deal.



    Bought the car in August 2016 and have covered nearly 15k on the odo, have added piggback ECU from RaceDynamics, daily drive can be from 10km to 350 kms (I am in sales).

    Difference Elite Vs Uber

    Elite Advantage-

    Better interior quality

    Linear Power Delivery

    Better NVH

    Better Handling

    Looks more handsome (I look back at the car whichever I lock it)

    Better connectivity (bluetooth, navigation etc my uber i20 did come with bluetooth when i bought it)

    Longer wheelbase better rear legroom


    Uber Advantage-

    All Wheel Disc brakes

    Turbo Kick


    Value at today's Price


    790000- 1050000 [260000]

    Additional Features

    All Wheel disc brakes, 4 channel ABS- Navigation,Bluetooth,Projector lights, better chassis strength, 16 inch alloy, 16 tyres, auto headlamp, bigger AC compressor (125vs90cc)

    15000+5000- (20000+20000+35000 (debatable)+15000+20000+3000) [93000]

    Inflation Cost (2009 vs 2016 @ 5% yearly)

    Uber would cost me 1058500 in 2016 with 5% inflation cost

    So the net Value addition in the Elite at the time of buy is [1047000-93000-1058500]=INR 104500 (Thank You Competition)





  2. My boss is contemplating on buying the Jaguar XF diesel as he already has owned the BMW, Merc, Audi and Volvo V40.

    I tried to tell him about the poor spare parts support for JLR but he is not convinced, Even with celebrity have often cried foul play in public he still wants a Jag.

    The model which he is interested in is the XF 3.0 even though the cost is significant. I recommended the 2.2lt D as it is locally assembled in India.

    He asked me to do a search on how the parts management is done for a CKD and CBU. Also how does JLR classify their spare parts. IMO the 2.2 will have better service but 3lt engine is too good to ignore.

    Do JLR follow a hub-scope model? also what will be the long time support model for for spare parts for older models in India as well as in Europe.

  3. A DSG system is a dual clutch automatic and there are 2 types of variant of the same. The one in vento is a dry type unit which has a constraint of 250Kgm torque level.

    DSG are generally not that response when starting from a standstill, here the torque converter are still better but on the move the DSG box was the next gear already ready to engage for upshifts.

    The technology is nect gen but is complex and it is worth the additional expense over the other automatic gearboxes, but do take additional warranty if you are buying the Vento.

  4. Exposed O ring seal drive chain is a sporty version of normal drive chain which requires minimal maintainance as per the manufacture but in reality given the dusty and climate of our road one needs to serivce the chain every 30 days using normal machine oil.

    Also manufacturers reduce extra metal costs by not providing the chain cover which results in a net gain. But I would advice you to service the chain DIY every month.

    Earlier iteration of exposed chain had problem where the chain sounded rough due to rusting but the quality has improved overtime.

  5. Please write a mail to VW about the live witnessing of spark plug fall. The spark plug is definitely damaged because the gap of spark plug is engineered specifically to the engine depending upon the tuning and even a minor difference will lead to poor timing and insufficient combustion leading to misfire and sometimes engine knocking as well.

    You should have made a foul play to the service adviser and complained to the manager that day itself.

  6. I agree on your analysis about TATA marketing strategy, if I would have to market the new reventon engine because in this diesel happy market petrol engine are no longer given much tech , but at the same time the AMT tech for diesel is another milestone which shouldn't be left untouched because they have monopoly in the market with the diesel + automatic which will bring in the volumes.

  7. Please don't buy the Polo now since an update is already being in road test phase and @ 9.5 lakhs on road it is not worth IMO going for it.

    Out of the above option the Fiesta has the best ride and handling dynamics and linea come behind close. If you want petrol only then get the Tjet itself since the turbo petrol is addictive . If going for the diesel the fiesta in the new price point is a good alternative.

  8. I don't understand why would ACI even predict it to be priced at 50-70k premium than a W8. The rear camera only adds 10k and the stickers and vinyl will hardly add another 10k.

    Instead of naming it limited edition they could have brought in off-road edition/ tourer edition. IMO Safari Storme Expedition Edition is a good example of limited edition which is apt for SUV.

  9. Lets wait and see the price point it is launched with, I suspect it to be 1 lakhs cheaper/ or at par with City. They don't want Mobilo to eat Amaze share.

    The rear end looks amazing and the side view is alright but the front is spoiled by cute headlamps which don't match for rugged rear.

  10. Yup Tyresonwheels is a flawed website to buy from. IMO its a scam when I wanted to buy tyres I was browsing through alloys and I like the fluidic Verna replica alloys but on the website it was mentioned as 15 inch which I wanted to cross-check. Called the customer care to know about more, and a harsh voice said "Jo website par hai sahi hai. Jaldi order transaction karlo bahut demand me hai"; and this after not even telling the alloys model no.

    If the customer care is so bad then so will be the service, also you should have researched before buying from them. They have very poor review and many people have same issue as you. They were a good start up then they lost it IMO.

    Post your problem on their FB

    again and again.

  11. For your running per month a petrol engine is better suited for your use. Though I love the 1.8TSi but the DQ200 automatics gearbox is very unreliable it costs 1.5 lakhs to replace if anything goes wrong with it. But the diesel DQ250 gearbox is more reliable ; Jetta is excellent but a bit to understated and similar looking to Vento but IMO the Highline AT is the one to go for.

    If you want excellent reliability (better than above 2) then the New Corolla AT (CVT) and Elantra 1.8 AT are good choice and will undercut your 20 lakhs budget but may not be as fun to drive as the Germans.

  12. Moto X is a brilliant phone and a worthy buy if you can deal with lower battery life. IMO the voice features are excellent (it has 3 microphone to listen to commands) but my friend has that and battery lasts just 1 day.

    Try Xperia C it is comparable to M2 at a much cheaper price (I don't think your dad will ever use superior processor etc in M2 over C). My sister has been using C since September 2013 and she is pleased with it except for avg camera.

  13. Ecosport is already being exported to other market and this ain't nothing new. Even VW, Hyundai, Tata, Maruti all get more structure element in their export variants.

    Tata Aria when launched was the safest vehicle, but after it floped Tata launched the 4x2 variant which was more than 200 kgs lesser in weight and they removed safety elements which were weighting it down.

    Fiat Punto 2009-2012 model were very heavy cars for their class and when the 2013 model was launched with more GC the weight were reduced by 60kgs. Thinner sheet metal and removal for heavy structural element reduced the weight.

  14. I got myself Xperia T2 a month ago for 22.8k and it has been a good experience and in stamina mode it run 3 days w/o recharge. But the screen is 6 inch and it could pose a problem for your dad. Another phone is great battery life is LG optimus lite dual 2 its has 3200mAH battery and priced at 17-16 on street is a VFM.

  15. Drink lots of milk and add calcium sandoes to the list. You need strong bones; a leg fracture should be made to heal in ideal condition since it supports the whole body.

    My friend was careless after knee fracture and he had to do surgery to remove it and now has an inplant in place of knee. Doctors told him not to run unnecessary in future.